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The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada • Page 29
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The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada • Page 29

The Windsor Stari
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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i 1 l. PORTIONS OF THIS PAGE PRINTED IN COLOR The Windsor Star Wednesday, October 27, 1976 -7TI Colonial chickens home to roost Arab money, manners upset Britons f- ijf if ay i I laundry out of windows and holding noisy bull sessions on the stoops of their mansions. The Arab habit of taking a noon siesta on the sidewalks of Kensington High Street or outside Harrods, the upper crust store where some days Arab-owned Rolls Royce and Mercedes are drawn up like camel caravans, or just squatting on traffic islands in rush hour for a friendly chat has appalled prim and proper Londoners. They've turned Mayfair into a bloody casbah," snorted a bowler-hatted Mayfair gent. It's a form of national humiliation having all these Arabs strutting around here," said art dealer S.

M. Grenville-Chandos. Criticism of fast-living Arabs who nightly hit London's gambling casinos, clubs and discos also has come from back home. The Kuwaiti newspaper, Al Watan, reflecting the austerity under which most Arabs live at home, branded the high-rollers the big bellies" and urged Arab governments to curb their exploits in the permissive West. Rich Arabs-have traditionally come to London for shopping, banking, schooling and medical treatment.

But this summer the civil war in Lebanon, their usual summer playground, sent them flocking here for fun. The Daily Mail suggested that the Arab invasion was really a case of Britain's colonial chickens coming home to roost. We would remind some people that for years we empire-builders strutted around the Near and Middle East showing our pink knees and waving our fly whisks hile Arabs begged us for Baksheesh," it said. Well, the begging bowl is in the other hand now below 10 per cent, the level at they must publicly declare themselves under British law. But it is known that Arabs have a 24-percent stake in at least one bank, Edward Bates; a substantial stake in Lonhro, a major trading empire, and a controlling 58-per-cent share in the Beyer Peacock Engineering Co.

The Arabs' biggest impact has been in real estate. They have snapped up castles, estates, top hotels, whole blocks of luxury London apartments, even health farms and farmland. Among their acquisitions: The famed Dorchester Hotel, bought by Saudi Arabian and Persian Gulf interests for 9 million pounds ($16.2 million). Hereworth Castle south of London, complete with 385-acre estate and 14 lakes, bought by Mohammed Mahdi al-Tajir, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates on the Persian Gulf. St.

Martin's Property one of Britain's biggest landlords, bought by Sheikh as-Salim as-Sabah of Kuwait for 107 million pounds ($192.6 million). Fort Belvedere, an 18th century royal home used by King Edward VII before his abdication in 1937, bought by an unidentified Arab magnate for an undisclosed sum. Britons at first welcomed the deluge of petrodollars. But Arab buying, often at more than the market value, forced up real estate prices beyond the reach of many Britons A number of Arab clans live for part of the year in London's poshest districts, like Mayfair, Knightsbridge and Kensington. But they have annoyed the wealthy residents by grazing goats in backyards, hanging LONDON (AP) Garfield Weston, head of the world's most exclusive supermarket, Fortnum and Mason in London's swank Piccadilly, was politely adamant.

He told Arab bidders who had made him an offer they were sure he couldn't refuse that the famous emporium, the only grocery store in the world with wall-to-wall carpeting, and morning-coated clerks, was not for sale. Weston declined to name the Arabs or say how much they had offered. But an authoritative source said: It was lavish a seven-figure amount." Many Britons applauded the former Toronto businessman's refusal to sell this bastion of British business. For they are growing resentful of oil-rich Arabs sheiks and tourists alike eager to buy everything in sight in hard-up Britain. Most are more modest in their spending than the three cousins of a Middle East magnate who unloaded a 500,000 pounds ($900,000) in six hours of shopping this summer.

The British Tourist Authority estimates that nearly 400,000 Arabs will visit London this year, at least 30 per cent more than last year, and will spend 200 million pounds ($360 million). More noticeable, wealthy Arabs and their governments have spent at least 300 million pounds ($540 million) in less than two years to buy real estate and businesses, authoritative sources estimate. It is difficult to measure the true scale of the Arabs' growing financial stake in Britain because many keep their share-holdings 'i. Our Reg. Price 2.97 Sale Each I a Halloween Costumes Shell-Out, Shell-Out the witches are out! That's right it's almost Halloween so, dress your children in one of our brightly coloured, Ny-lonRayon costumes that come complete with a full mask.

Choose from assorted styles, sizes S-M-L. I i i "4 i fi fi A tt-: ,.4 vP-s Vr.V OUR NEW GENERAL INFORMATION NO. fi ts St vV yA -V tSViT Va i.A Rowntree Halloween Value Pack Vpur Choice in pmie 2'- si L'SkB Beil Choose from a bag of Coffee Crisp, Smarties or an assorted mixture value pack. 4 I Lowneys Supersack 1 Each Pkg. id 0 1 20's Each bag contains O'Henry bars, Glossette Raisins and an assorted mixture.

DIPAKTM 'h p's pActuoee '-'1 i i mu- i Cadbury Halloween Jr. Bars Assorted Chiclets Assorted 2 Pkg Ot 50 Each 20s Each Pkg Directory of All Frequently Called STAR Numbers DRISTAN MIST, VAPOUR MIST OR VAPOUR 15C.C. TABLETS it's OUR REGUlAk PRICE 1.37 HAllOWfliJ SPECIAL WELLA BALSAM CONDITIONER The Vindsor Star General Information 1 Monday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. to p.m. Classified Want Ads 255-5544 8:30 a.m.

to 9:00 p.m. Sat. 8:30 a m. to p.m. long Distance Customers No Charge Dial 1-800-265-5647 Circulation Dept.

255-571 1 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All other Depts. Mon. to Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Star Alert 255-5747 EDITORIAL DEPT. 256-5533 News Room 256-5533 Billboard Lib ra (Also Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 255-5672 Classified Advertising 255-5544 Retail Display Advertising ..2555 'HO National Advertising 255-5 Business 255-5 Customer Accounts 255-5 48 EASIER AND FASTER SERVICE for over a year, new telephone service has been in the planning, engineering ond installation stages ot The Windsor Star. It is desgned so you con reach any Sar department quickly ard conveniently.

The resulting rystem vwll tc7 effect w'th the new numbers listed in this advertisement, They will all appear in your new Bell Telephone directory to be released in November. In the meantime may we suggest you cut out the numbers shown here and keep them in a handy place near your phone, For your added convenience they will bo published daily In The Star all net week Be sure ond Mud the story about The Star's new system on page 3 of today's Star. 455 Ml. BEAUTIFIES TROUBLED It AIR, OUR REG. PRICE 2.98 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL SPECIAL BUY PLANTS 34e? 6" HANGING BASKETS EDITORIAL DEPT.

AFTER HOURS CALL News Room 255-5743 Photographic Dept 255-5776 Sports 255-5771 POTS -ZEBRA PLANTS Windsor Star rtf 'jfy, 3.ys&; 1 '4 on MtflSS -i1 WtiK V'Vww -ilr a jk Y'ti- Vt. DORWIN PLAZA Dougnll Reed mwn'ywrm LLiiA.lktwiJvPdtiirf iL aw lilM.

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